Worst Snack of 2012

Worst Snack 2012

December 19, 2012   29 Comments

My picture here is supposed to resemble a mug shot. Yes, Hershey’s Milk Shake you are in big trouble.

Before I continue, if you don’t think I feel a bit ridiculous complaining about snacks after our nation’s latest tragedy - I do. I don’t want you, dear reader, to think that I hadn’t noticed what happened in Newtown, CT. But, my job is to talk about food and I am sticking to it to calm myself down.

Every year, I elect myself to choose the "Worst Snack of the Year". One of my early choices, the Hostess Fruit Pie, no longer exists. Maybe I had something to do with that?

Now, I will vent some of my anger on this flavored milk that I unwittingly purchased for my children, ages six and eight. They saw this in a deli where we were buying a sandwich and I thought it was flavored milk.

Flavored milk is a treat for my kids, though they purchase it at school. The school has a lower added sugar variety called “TruMoo” that has about 15 grams added sugar per 12 ounces. They only buy 8 ounces so they get 10 grams of added sugar (or 2 teaspoons).

Check this out:

50 grams of sugar!! For 12 ounces of milk, you would expect about 16 grams of sugar from lactose and then Hershey’s decided to add 34 grams of sugar - just under 7 teaspoons of sugar. In one serving there are 10 teaspoons of sugar.

Another problem is the packaging. See those lovely strawberries? There are three of them on the outside and the whole container is strawberry red.

Take a gander at the ingredient list:

Ummm, strawberries??? Nope. I do see “natural and artificial flavors” and to Hershey’s credit it does say “strawberry flavored” and not “real strawberries”. I guess since you didn’t use strawberries now we need RED #40 and BLUE #1 to make it pink.

To summarize:

  • This has an obscene amount of added sugar.
  • The label makes it seem like it has fruit in it. Zero fruit.
  • People, like me, might think this is regular flavored milk if they are busy.

I find this product misleading and I think it is just plain unnecessary to add so much sugar. While there is the added benefit of milk (versus soda) of protein and calcium, the rest of the product is terrible.

My advice is to be sure that you buy "Strawberry Flavored Milk" and not a "Milkshake" if you can remember that. Argh.

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